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>> pelley: good evening. three college classmates of boston bombing suspect dzhokar tsarnaev are under arrest tonight. they are not charged in the attack at the marathon. they're accused of interfering with the investigation to protect their friend. two of them from the russian republic of kazakhstan are in this photo with tsarnaev. on the left is azamat tazhayak tazhayakov. in the middle, dias kadyrbayev. they are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice by getting rid of evidence. ed third, robel phillipos, is a u.s. citizen charged with lying to investigators. elaine quijano was there as they came into court today. elaine. >> reporter: scott, they were led into the courtroom by u.s. marshals opinion the first two men had their happeneds cuffed behind their backs. the third was handcuffed and his feet were shackled. the judge read them their rights, asked if they understood. each said yes. just hours after the f.b.i.
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released this video of the two men wanted in the marathon bombings, dias kadyrbayev and phillipos began to realize one of them might be their dzhokar tsarnaev. police say they went to tsarnaev's dorm room at the university of massachusetts dartmouth and found a backpack with fireworks that had been emptied of their powder and a jar of vaseline. the documents say kadyrbayev knew then tsarnaev was in fact one of the marathon bombers and "decided to remove the backpack from the room in order to help his friend." he also took tsarnaev's laptop computer. robert staal is kadyrbayev's attorney. >> mr. kadyrbayev told the f.b.i. about that. he did not know that those items
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were involved in a bombing or of any interest in a bombing or any evidential value. >> reporter: after watching more coverage of the search for the bombers, kadyrbayev and tazhayakov quote phillipos telling investigators he started to freak out and they decided to get rid of the backpack. according to the document, the nmorning, after the bombers allegedly carjacked a mercedes and led police on a chase that ended in a wild shoot-out killing tamerlan tsarnaev, kadyrbayev decided to throw away the backpack with the fireworks inside and tazhayakov agreed. a weak liter, investigators searched a new bedford landfill and discovered the bag. inside were fireworks, a jar of vaseline, and a umass dartmouth document according to the complaint. sources say the laptop has also been recovered. all three men waived their right to a bail hearing. the two men from kazakh zahn could up to five years in convicted, the third man could face up to eight years.
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>> pelley: bob orr is in washington where he has been talking to his sources. bob, these men weren't chargeed in the bombing itself. why is that? >> reporter: well, scott, because the investigators don't believe they had any knowledge about the bombing ahead of time, but they do know when they saw dzhokar tsarnaev's picture on the news and then discovered those empty fireworks we're just heard about in his dorm room, they instantly knew dzhokar was one of the bombers. gun powered and vaseline were common components in homemade bombs. one of the men charged today did say about a month before the marathon bombings, dzhokar casually mentioned in a dinner conversation that he knew how to make a bomb. no more details. still, there's no evidence right now the friend actually knew about the plot. >> pelley: what do you think the f.b.i. hopes to learn from these men? >> reporter: well, a lot, scott, if they get their way. they're likely going to use these charges as lemple to press the men for more information about dzhokar and what he was doing before the attack. that's key. you know, who was he in qact? did he ever talk about actually
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building bombs? did he ever travel to a remote site maybe for test explosions. investigators also want to know what dzhokar knew about his brother's radicalization. let's get this straight-- obstruction and false charges are very serious charges but cooperation with prosecutors will go a long way. >> pelley: john miller got the first television interview with the man whose tip to police helped bring the end to the terror, a chinese immigrant who was carjacked by the bombing suspects but escaped to tell the tale. he calls himself "danny" and out of concern for his safety he asked to us conceal his identity and disguise his voice. john's with us now with more. >> reporter: well, with today's reliance on constant communication-- cell phone calls, text messages, e-mails, tweets-- it's almost impossible to go off the grid without someone noticing so as the two marathon bombers drove their hostage danny around he had to communicate with friend and roommates without arousing their
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suspicions because he had a gun to his head. >> before we arrived at the gas station i was able to text from my roommate, asking me, where i was and she she wanted me back. >> reporter: so she's saying why haven't you come home yet? >> yeah. she was asking about that. >> reporter: did you answer the text? >> i didn't answer the text, but tamerlan answered the text. the text was in chinese. he asked me, "what did she say?" and i told him, he used the english-to-chinese app in my phone and it translated some english into chinese and gave it back to my roommate. >> reporter: and the message was what. >> the message was, "i'm sick. i'm going to sleep with my friend's home tonight." in chinese. >> reporter: and he used the chinese-to-english translation app in your phone? >> yes.
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>> reporter: that's kind of smart. >> it was smart. vfs very, you know, careful. >> reporter: very careful. but still, when his roommate read the text, it just didn't sound right to her. so she sent another message. the message was if you're in some kind of trouble, text me back. if you don't answer, then i know everything will be okay. now, scott, i said to danny, "wouldn't that code have been better the other way around?" and she said, "yeah, it actually would have been better." so they've reworked their signals. he just hopes they never have to use them. >> pelley: in case it ever happens again. john, thank you very much. two bombs exploded in the heart of damascus, syria, today. at least one person was killed. white house correspondent bill plante has been told by a senior official that the u.s. does not have immediate plans to send arms to the rebels inir syria. the rebel vbz fighting to overthrow the dictatorship of bashar al-assad. other kinds of american aid, such as food and medical supplies, is being sent. the white house said today that
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if the president can't close the guatanamo bay prison camp, he will try to get more of the terror suspects who are being held there transferred to their home countries. this comes will the day after the president told bill plante that the prison is "contrary to who we are." 100 inmates are on a hunger strike to protest their indefinite imprisonment. 23 are being force fed, and david martin picks up the story there. >> reporter: prisoners are strapped on to this table and force fed the diet supplement ensure. a lawyer for some of the hunger strikers described it. >> they're strapped in at several points at their ankles, their wrists, their waists, their shoulders they sit strapped in like that while a thick tube is forcibly inserted up their noses, down their throats and into their stomachs. >> reporter: general john kelly, the overall commander for guantanamo, told congress the hunger strike was triggered by the inmates' belief that president obama had given up
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trying to close the prison. they were devastated, he said. >> i think at this point, they feel that their only way out of guantanamo is in a coffin. >> reporter: there are 166 prisoners at guantanamo. some, include 9/11 mastermind khalid sheikh mohammed and his al qaeda henchmen are facing trial. more than half have been designated for transfer overseas, but remain trapped in guantanamo because other countries are not able to guarantee to u.s. satisfaction the prisoners will not go back to terrorism. others are considered too dangerous to release under any circumstances. even though they cannot be tried for lack of evidence. >> we have people down there who still would tell you if they were sitting here discussing it with you that their goal is to kill americans. >> reporter: retired general thomas hemingway, former legal adviser for guantanamo, says they have to be held somewhere. do you think guantanamo should be closed? >> i don't see another viable
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alternative right now. >> reporter: hemingway says that under the law of war, it would be legal to hold the guantanamo detainees indefinitely without trial at a federal prison here in the u.s. but congress has refused to let that happen. >> pelley: david, thank you. a few thousands protesters hit the streets in los angeles today to demand citizenship for illegal immigrants. the protesters hope to influence congress, which is working on comprehensive immigration reform. in a new cbs news/"new york times" poll, we asked how many americans favor a path for citizenship for illegal immigrants if they meet certain conditions, including a waiting period. in favor were 83%. opposed, 14%. in texas, anna werner found that just the debate itself is drawing new immigrants over the border. >> reporter: so they just come right up this road and-- >> yeah. >> reporter: and in your property? >> yeah. >> reporter: juan mercado
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lives on border property his family has owned since the 1850s. immigrants often sneak across here but since january the number has tripled. >> i'm being invaded bay people who have no permission to be on my property by smugglers, by illegals. >> reporter: this surveillance video recorded last month near mccallen, texas, show some 40 men, women, and children crossing into the united states. border patrol agents in the rio grande sector tell us apmentions have risen from 2800 in january to 7500 in march. agent and union representative chris cabrera says some of the immigrants are from as far away as brazil. the improving u.s. economy draws most, but cabrera says many are under the impression that immigration reforms being discussed in washington may allow them to remain. >> once the first group comes
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across, they call family, they call their friends, and let them know that, hey, the time is right. come on over. >> reporter: in mccallen, recently, agents had to use their station's carport to process 800 people who had been caught. >> the people in washington, they have this idea that the border is safe, the border is secure, and i think they need to come down here and take a look. >> reporter: members of congress from border states insist immigration reforms be tied it adding more guards, cameras, and drones. the border patrol is shifting agents from lor aido to the rio grande sector. >> this is a gun i keep here. >> reporter: but juan mercado plans to rely on his own security system. >> get a clip. >> reporter: you're ready. >> you're ready to go. >> reporter: a person line of defense on the front lines of a national debate. anna werner, cbs news, mccallen, texas. >> schieffer: in afghanistan, american women are carrying out
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the u.s. continues to be winning over villages in the enemy stronghold in the south. that's where elizabeth palmer has been, and she discovered an effective new weapon in winning over those villages-- american women in uniform. >> reporter: ghorak base in southern afghanistan is so remote, supplies arrive air express. and have to be manhandled into storage by the special forces stationed here. >> a lot of taliban movement. >> reporter: but at this bastion of elite male fighting power, surprise-- there are women soldiers. and their brothers in arms cast a critical eye on their competence, major wendy corey told us. >> they'll take a step back to see if you know what you're doing, to see if you're confident, to see if you can handle the mission. >> how are you feeling today? >> reporter: the mission is general soldiering and to get to know afghan women who aren't allowed contact with men outside their families.
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in this role, sergeant eva razor is a combat soldier with add dimension. do the women tell you things that your male colleagues wouldn't get from the men they're in contact with? >> they do tell us things that. they do report taliban activity. they do report i.e.d. activity. >> reporter: this new mother tells her she has just reported two i.e.d.s, or taliban bombs on a visit to the clin oict base specifically for women and children. but the most dangerous work the female soldiers do is at nice nightpop special operations, strike force raids to capture taliban fighters. on this video given to us by the military, you can see them reassuring afghan women and children. major wendy corey: >> taking them to a mosque or someplace else that's away from the situation allows the strike force to accomplish the mission. >> reporter: a study done for the military found that there is less violence when women
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soldiers join the raids. >> you have to put yourself in that almost like a motherly role or sisterly role softly talking to them and explaining to them the situation and you hope that it works. come on in. >> reporter: they may be members of hard-core fighting units-- >> this baby is all smiles. >> reporter: but many tasks are gender specific. you don't feel like you're treated as "just girls." >> no, not at all. >> reporter: doing girlie things? >> no, not at all. we go out there. we go on patrol. we pull our weight. we get the mission done just as they do. >> reporter: with the advantage of being able to connect with 50% of the population which until now. >> thump. >> reporter: ...has been off limits to american soldiers. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, ghorak base. >> pelley: politics all around the world can be rough, but have a look at what happened in venezuela. a fist fight broke out in the national assembly last night over a law that would silence opponents of the new president
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derby this saturday, one jockey will have a special incentive to win. michelle miller tells us he's trying to revive a proud tradition. >> reporter: churchill downs is steeped in history and tradition. here it's considered bad luck to boast about your chances in the derby, but don't tell that to jockey kevin krigger. >> i believe in myself. and if i'm on a horse that wants to win, i'm going to win. >> reporter: krigger says he's just confident, not cocky, and credits his three-year-old horse goldencents, a top five contender a stirring victory in last month's santa anita derby guaranteed the pair a trip to kentucky. >> and goldencents and kevin krigger have won the santa anita derby! >> what excite me is to see when
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i'm done riding and i'm done winning the joy it brings out of the owners, the trainers, my family. >> reporter: on saturday, the 27-year-old from the island of st. croix hopes history comes along for the ride. do you know what's at stake here? >> of course i do. there hasn't been an african american jockey to win it since 1902. >> reporter: african americans once dominated racing. oliver lewis won the first kentucky desher in 1877, and overall black riders won 15 of the first 28 derby >> when you wanted to win you called on these jockeys. >> pelham mcdaniels is writing a book on black jockeys. in the late 1800s they were major stars but when african americans started earning big prize money, white jockeys literally drove them out. >> some jockeys would be whipped with the whip when they were riding down the strait away or the turn. and in some cases the jockeys
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were jostled to the point where they fell off the horses and were killed. >> reporter: krigger respects those who came before and is glad to shed light on their legacy, but he hopes this weekend's race is not about race. michelle miller, cbs news, louisville. >> pelley: tonight on the showtime network, "60 minutes sports" tells the story of the controversial chairn who will help kevin krigger make history, doug o'neill. that is it for cbs news tonight. for cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh the day i understood that it would be impossible to raise them in a house was... not an easy day at all. so, we made the trip back to their natural habitat and said our goodbyes. oh to see them race into the wild black forest.
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